The ‘Death Penalty in India: Annual Statistics’ attempts to create a comprehensive year-by-year documentation of movements in the death row population in India. The publication tracks important political and legal developments in the administration of the death penalty and the criminal justice system in the year 2017.
A total of 200 applications were filed under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTIs) covering all prisoner and home departments, High Courts, and Governor’s Offices across India to collect information on death row prisoners. High Court and Supreme Court websites were regularly mined to track movements in cases. In addition, applications were made to the State Legal Services Authority of every state to further verify mined information.